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H A U N T E R & Eskimeaux // 2016 Cassette Subscription Series

Happy to announce the conclusion of our 2016 cassette subscription series with H A U N T E R’s STARTER / HAUNTER and Eskimeaux’s Year of the Rabbit!

For those unfamiliar, H A U N T E R (fka You Always Knew Me Last Week) is the sample-based electroacoustic music project of drummer/musician Sander Bryce (formerly of I Kill Giants). Fun fact: Sander was one of the first interns ever at Topshelf and we both had no idea what we were doing!

The release of this cassette consists of two separate EPs STARTER, which Bryce initially introduced via Bandcamp in September as “the ‘starter’ to a big meal” and HAUNTER which Bryce describes as:

Haunter is the pain and sorrow of the past, present, and future.
It is a tragedy of the human experience.
We are either the haunter, the haunted, or sometimes both.
Pain can be an endless cycle.
This is my attempt at ending the cycle and starting over.
I hope these songs are the only thing that will haunt the listener.
Enjoy...

Eskimeaux’s Gabby Smith has quickly become one of our favorite songwriters. Her 2015 LP O.K. was a monumental album of beat-driven and poetic bedroom pop that blissfully soars and swells on nearly every track.

Year of the Rabbit (originally released on CD, vinyl and digitally via Double Double Whammy earlier this year) is a collection of songs recorded live Smith and friends, Emily Sprague and Felix Walworth. The record is the first to showcase the sound of Eskimeaux's live band as its primary sonic touchstone, replacing the highly produced and overdubbed sound of Smith's earlier records with a more immediate, naturally produced sound.

Pre-orders for both releases are available now and you can now peruse both the entire monthly series and the artists that comprise it.

Thank you for listening!

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Enemies // 'Valuables' Out Now

Today we released the final album from Enemies – a band who we have had the joy of working with and are sad to see go. This being said, Valuables is the perfect swansong record which The Line of Best Fit called, "a sinewy collection of guitar-led gold, with flickering licks and soothing vocals brewed together."

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Melt // Riffer Cassette

Riffer by MELT will be the 11th installment of our Cassette Series! Check out the full album streaming on GoldFlakePaint today before its official release this Friday.

You can pre-order the cassette on our US store now.

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Heat // Album Announcement + Tour Dates

We are so excited to be working with Heat to release their debut LP, Overnight on January 20th! BrooklynVegan is streaming the single, "Lush" today and said, "the LP finds them expanding their atmospheric VU/JAMC-influenced postpunk sound into poppier territory."

Pre-order 'Overnight'

In addition to the M for Montreal Festival in their hometown, the band will be touring Canada and heading to SXSW early next year:

  • 11.19.16 – Montreal, QC @ Matahari (M for Montreal)
  • 02.02.17 – Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • 02.04.17 – Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • 02.08.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • 02.09.17 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • 02.10.17 – London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • 02.11.17 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • 02.12.17 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • 02.24.17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • 03.04.17 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • 03.14.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.15.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.16.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.17.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.18.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.19.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 04.18.17 – St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • 04.19.17 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • 04.20.17 – Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • 04.21.17 – Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • 04.22.17 – Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

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mouse on the keys // EP Announcement

On January 25th, we will be releasing mouse on the keys' new EP "Out of Body"! We are so excited to be working with this incredible band.

In a few weeks, they are heading to the West Coast for some North American tour dates with LITE! They put together a little Spotify playlist of songs they jam to on the road, which you can listen to here

Check out the track list for the new EP and sign up to be notified when pre-orders for it are available here!

Thank you!!

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LITE // New Album Announcement

Hopefully the split with mouse on the keys has held you over on new material from LITE, but we are excited to announce that TSR163 is LITE's new 10-song album "Cubic" — Recorded at Red Bull Studios Tokyo, mixed by Keith Souza (Battles) at "Machines with Magnets" in Providence and mastered by Heba Kadry (!!!, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta) at "Timeless Mastering" in New York — the album features artwork and design by Yuji Hamada and will be released worldwide on November 18, 2016.

See the track listing and sign up to be notified when pre-orders go up at the URL below! ^_____^

Track list & info: http://tpshlf.co/tsr163
Upcoming tour dates with mouse on the keys:http://www.topshelfrecords.com/litemotk


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Ratboys & Dowsing // Tour Kickoff + Split Out Today!

Today is a big day for Ratboys and Dowsing! In addition to kicking off the European leg of their World Tour (with Kevin in tow), their Split EP is also out! We first heard about Ratboys from Dowsing, so it's only fitting that we're luck enough to be releasing a split with both bands. Thank goodness they like each other because this is a crap ton of shows that they are doing together. Oh yeah, they'll also have the split on vinyl and cassette at the shows.

Tour info: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/ratboystour

Grab your copy of the Split EP today!

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Happy Diving // "Electric Soul Unity" Out Today!!

As of today, Electric Soul Unity by Happy Diving is *officially* out!!


You can listen/buy it through any of the following outlets:

iTunes // Apple Music // Amazon MP3 // Amazon LP // Amazon CD // Google Play // Spotify // Bandcamp // Soundcloud // YouTube // Topshelf // Local Record Store

available at these retailers:

ALL MEDIA SUPPLY
AMAZON
AMOEBA MUSIC
B-SIDE RECORDS
BULL MOOSE MUSIC
CREEP RECORDS
CRIMINAL RECORDS
DEARBORN MUSIC
DIMPLE
GRAYWHALE
GRIMEY'S
HOMERS
HOUSE OF RECORDS
INDEPENDENT RECORDS
LOU'S RECORDS
LUNA MUSIC
LUNCHBOX RECORDS
MILLENNIUM MUSIC
MILLS RECORD COMPANY
PARK AVE
PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE
ROLLING STONES
ROUGH TRADE
SALZER'S MERCANTILE
SILVER PLATTERS
SONIC BOOM
THE EXCLUSIVE COMPANY
TWIST AND SHOUT
VINTAGE VINYL
WATERLOO RECORDS
ZIA

*Don’t see your local store? Click the “local record store” link above!

Also, catch them on tour:

August 19 Duluth, MN - Unknown venue - get tickets
August 20 Minneapolis, MN - Dead Media Records - get tickets
August 21 Sioux Falls, SD - Total Drag Records - get tickets
August 24 Calgary, AB - Tubby Dog - get tickets
August 26 Vancouver, BC - Antisocial Skate Shop - get tickets
August 27 Seattle, WA - Neumo's - get tickets
August 29 Portland, OR - The Know - get tickets
August 30 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill - get tickets

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LITE + Mouse on the Keys // Split and North American Tour

We are so excited to announce a Split between LITE and Mouse on the Keys! Hailing from Japan, the bands joined forces to create an incredibly unique, mathy, amazing EP. Get notified when it's available!

In addition to the new 12", LITE and Mouse on the Keys will be playing these dates:

  • 11/10 San Diego @ Soda Bar
  • 11/11 Los Angeles @ The Hi Hat
  • 11/12 San Francisco @ Slim’s
  • 11/13 Sacramento @ Harlow’s
  • 11/14 Portland @ Mississippi Studios
  • 11/15 Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
  • 11/16 Seattle @ Sunset Tavern

PURCHASE TICKETS

http://www.topshelfrecords.com/litemotk

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Field Mouse // "Episodic" Out Now!!

Field Mouse's newest album, Episodic, is out today! It's packed with bangers, like "The Mirror," which NPR described as pulsing "with a frustrated energy, radiating a sharp bitterness about being mistreated." This is an album thats sure to be stuck on repeat.

You can listen/buy it through the following outlets:
iTunes // Apple Music // Amazon MP3 // Amazon CD // Amazon LP // Google Play // Spotify // Soundcloud // Bandcamp // Topshelf

In case you missed it, Field Mouse will be supporting Cymbals Eat Guitars and Wildhoney on a full US tour!

  • August 06 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC - get tickets *
  • August 09 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space - get tickets *
  • September 08 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall - get tickets *
  • September 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - get tickets
  • September 16 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
  • September 17 - Providence, RI @ The Parlour
  • September 18 - Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub - get tickets
  • September 19 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings - get tickets
  • September 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn - get tickets
  • September 21 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub - get tickets
  • September 22 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder, Florida State University - get tickets
  • September 23 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues - get tickets
  • September 24 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links - get tickets
  • September 25 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder - get tickets
  • September 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge - get tickets
  • September 28 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar - get tickets
  • September 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - get tickets
  • September 30 - Pomona, CA @ Acerogami - get tickets
  • October 01 - San Francisco, CA@ Swedish American Hall - get tickets
  • October 03 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge - get tickets
  • October 04 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt - get tickets
  • October 05 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza - get tickets
  • October 07 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar Slc - get tickets
  • October 08 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge - get tickets
  • October 09 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge - get tickets
  • October 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry - get tickets
  • October 11 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle - get tickets
  • October 12 - Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch - get tickets
  • October 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison - get tickets
  • October 14 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola - get tickets
  • October 16, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Johnny Brenda's - get tickets
  • * Just Field Mouse

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